Honeybees along with their hive were found in a tree outside of the University Center that was scheduled to be cut down. For the safety of the workers removing the tree and the bees, beekeeper Terry Leggett with Bee Country USA was contacted by the university to remove the bees.
Leggett, a UTA alumnus, has been beekeeping for five years and started by helping a friend remove bees from his house. Leggett said prior to that he did not have any experience with bees.
Leggett removed the bees from the tree and placed them into a custom-made transportation box he calls a "honeybee haven" or "honeybee hotel." He will then place the bees into a permanent hive at his home.
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Beekeeper Terry Leggett cuts into the tree that was removed from the University Center on July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Leggett removed a side of the tree so that he could access the honeycomb inside and move it to a safe location.
A tree trimmer with S&P Tree Service Corporation cuts part of a tree July 23 outside of the University Center. The trees are being removed for a project on the east side of the building.
Workers with S&P Tree Service Corporation use a rope to pull a tree and keep it from falling and hitting the University Center on July 23. The tree trimming required a beekeeper to cover a hole that contained a beehive inside so that workers could safely cut down the tree.
A section of tree is carefully lowered to the ground July 23 outside of the University Center. The tree contained a beehive that required a beekeeper to remove it from the tree.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett vacuums bees off a section of cut tree July 23 outside of the Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building. Leggett uses a low-powered vacuum that does not harm the bees to move them into a box for transportation.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett removes bees from a hive July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Leggett says he has 12 hives at his home along with another nine or ten at his mother's house.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett reaches slowly for what he believes to be the queen bee July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Leggett said if he can get the queen bee into the transport box, the other bees are likely to follow.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett places a frame with a honeycomb from the tree into the transport box July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Each box, which Leggett makes himself, holds six frames worth of honeycombs.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett holds a large honeycomb full of honey after removing it from a tree July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Leggett said he will take the honeycombs home where he can strain the honey.
Beekeeper Terry Leggett checks on the queen after placing her inside a queen bee catcher July 23 near the Mitchell Street pedestrian bridge. Leggett placed the queen into the transport box hoping other bees would follow her inside.